Email from blog reader Ron Palmer: cruise ship terminal scheme has been flawed from the outset.

Aside from wasting tax dollars on building the cruise ship terminal, we would be paying for a few tourists to come ashore to buy a few souvenirs and cups of coffee. Remember: cruise ship travelers eat and sleep on the ship. Only those with vested business interests in the old downtown core would see some minor increase in business and that’s only if the cruise ships stopped here.

The entire scheme has been flawed from the outset: too shallow to dock, too hard to dredge, poor consultation with First Nations and lack of an environmental impact study. Environment Canada and the First Nations could well be doing us all a favour by holding up the project until after the funding deadline passes. Has anybody actually done an objective cost benefit analysis?

Ron Palmer, Nanaimo

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